The Ring of Solomon is the prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy and it is almost completely different from that series. Yes, Bartimaeus is the same. He i...moreThe Ring of Solomon is the prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy and it is almost completely different from that series. Yes, Bartimaeus is the same. He is resourceful, smart and snarky but the world is not London, it is Jerusalem under the rule of King Solomon. Everything except Bartimaeus is so different, yet you can see the djinni who later became the best of friends with Ptolemy and worked with Nathaniel.
Over all, I liked the plot though it took a while to really pick up. I liked Asmira and I liked what Bartimaeus had to say to her - Blind obedience is also a kind of slavery. At least the spirits know that they are slaves.
I loved Bartimaeus through it all. His hippo disguise well.. totally his style. I also liked Solomon. He was human and yet he was more than that - he was a king. The ending worked for me. Sweet and yet to the point.
I wish there were more books about Bartimaeus and yet I wonder if they would all live up to the hype of that djinni - he does embellish himself so. Bartimaeus of Uruk really is something else. (less)
In the first twelve books of Morganville Vampires, the residents of Glass House have seen many twists and turns, this lot. Life is never boring in Mor...moreIn the first twelve books of Morganville Vampires, the residents of Glass House have seen many twists and turns, this lot. Life is never boring in Morganville. They have kicked ass, fought for the vampires, against the vampires, against the humans, for the humans, and through it all, Morganville has survived. They have survived, together. Somehow.
In spite of liking this series, it took me a long time to start Bitter Blood. Maybe because I knew what to expect and there was a bit of that in the book, yet it was different. Bitter Blood proved that the aftermath of war can also be damned interesting, especially when the unlikely allies are all still around, and not feeling like an alliance anymore. Vampires and humans together have now defeated every enemy that came at the vampires and they’re not scared of humans anymore. The humans don’t enjoy being taken lightly, not when it might prove fatal.
This book finally made me consider moving Morganville out of my YA shelf because the characters are growing up. The world is growing up as a whole in fact. They were always evolving but now age is catching up to them. Claire is no longer a child and it shows. Before she just had a sense of responsibility and lots of brains, but now it is more than that. Shane, Michael and Eve are all adults now too, in their own way. They are not just acting or reacting, there is a mindset towards also dealing with the consequences of those actions.
I think it was what happened at the very end of Black Dawn that has changed a lot of things. After all, when a name, a steadfast, unbending name, is given to a relationship, everything does change.
There is a good plot, which is expected from Rachel Caine, but there were times when I wanted to hit multiple someones for being so oblivious to the world around them. Yet, they do come through, pieces do fall into place and lead to a conclusion that while fitting right in and seemingly so obvious in retrospect, is nonetheless a surprise.
There is also something new that Rachel Caine did with this book. The book has several chapters that are not from Claire’s POV. We have Oliver, Myrnin, Amelie, Michael and Shane all narrate one or more chapters and that was different. A good kind of different.
It was great to get a glimpse into how Myrnin thought. It was also good to see events unfolding through a different perspective, especially because well… Claire could NOT have been in the thick of everything. It was good to understand these characters from their own view points because no one else can ever see them in their entirety.
There will be more books and the next one is Fall of Night. But, things have changed. For the vampires. For the humans. For Mr. and Mrs. Glass. For Shane and Claire. For Myrnin. For Oliver and Amelie. The only thing that remains to see is, has anything changed for the better this time?(less)
Carnival of Souls was not quite what I was expecting. Its is NOT a linear book with clean cut characters where everything is predictable.
It is refres...moreCarnival of Souls was not quite what I was expecting. Its is NOT a linear book with clean cut characters where everything is predictable.
It is refreshingly different. Even till the end, I was not thinking of it as YA. I am still not sure if it is YA, but in the end, the age of the characters cinched it. Still, the book is extremely well done. Marr has a good writing style and she makes things flow really well. It was not just that the plot and the characters that were good, her story telling is also really great.
The world that Marr creates is interesting. Daimons live in The City, where witches are slaves and powerful witches are killed. There is nearly blind hatred even though centuries have passed since the war that banished the Witches from the City and into the human world.
The witches for their part hate the daimons. They live in the human world, keeping it as their domain. They too have not forgotten the war. Which is understandable as both the species have a life span of a few hundred years.
Enter into this two girls: (view spoiler)[One is a witch raised by daimons, and the other is a daimon raised by witches. (hide spoiler)]It does not happen exactly like that, but you get the picture. Add in two daimons who are in love with the said two girls and a competition to become one of the ruling nobles of The City, and you have the perfect pot for trouble where everyone is plotting something and they all think that they know best.
Add in the witches, and well, sit back and watch the fireworks. Or in this case, read.
It makes for an excellent first book in a series and I just know that I will be waiting quite impatiently for the next one to come out.
I only read the Ilona Andrews short, Magic Tests. Eventually I plan to read the rest, but not anytime soon.
Its a cute story, and I liked Julie's POV....moreI only read the Ilona Andrews short, Magic Tests. Eventually I plan to read the rest, but not anytime soon.
Its a cute story, and I liked Julie's POV. I loved how she thought like Kate, and her reactions were based on what she thought Kate would do, but she was smart enough to know what would work for her and what would not.
I also loved her snarky comments about Curran, Kate and Derek, though Kate was there only for a little while and none of the others showed up.
04/10/2012 - I also read Iphigenia In Aulis and the Faith Hunter story. So.. this anthology keeps getting better and better. The Faith Hunter story is set in her Skinwalker world.. that says it all.
Iphigenia In Aulis is something unique. A touch of this and a touch of that.. the truth of today mixed in with the horror of tomorrow. But there is always hope because life never stops moving, it does not stagnate and so we live, and strange situations make for strange bedfellows. As cryptic as that was.. anything else would be a spoiler.
The blurb made me think that the story would be a bit stereo typical and related deeply with the Hindu mythology. Its not.
The story is good and almos...moreThe blurb made me think that the story would be a bit stereo typical and related deeply with the Hindu mythology. Its not.
The story is good and almost unique. Of course the underdog winning the fight will never be completely unique, but trust me, the presentation is. Hindu mythology is not exactly a part of it, except where it is used for character naming.
It is YA Sc-Fi and a very well done one at that.
I don't read too much sci-fi, and definitely not YA sci-fi, and I still liked this book a lot, so I think the ppl who actually like these genres are truly going to love it.
Oh and it is also a treat for anyone who is an aviation buff. (less)
This book is the third installment in the Mythos Academy Series. I have to say that the last two books were better, but not because this one is writte...moreThis book is the third installment in the Mythos Academy Series. I have to say that the last two books were better, but not because this one is written badly or is lacking in a plot, just because Gwen is so completely clueless in it. Its somewhat annoying, especially since Gwen is not a clueless character. She's smart and tends to use her brain.
Oh well.. other than that, the book is pretty good even though I saw a few twists coming (which is why I was annoyed that Gwen did not see them) because a few others were a total surprise.
There is no dragging on of anything and that really made me happy. The teenage angst, thankfully, was mostly missing, instead the characters were believable and acting like real people. Their actions and reactions always had a reason.
Still it is a decent addition to an excellent series. I am really looking forward to the next book now, since even though I have some issues with this one, it does move the plot forward beautifully and there is much to look forward to in the next few books.